The New York Jets were chosen by NFL Films and HBO as the year’s Hard Knocks team despite initial objections. Aaron Rodgers, who spent 18 seasons with the Green Bay Packers, will be the team’s quarterback for the first time this season. This makes them the perfect team for fans to watch as the regular season creeps closer.
In the Jets‘ Hall of Fame game against the Cleveland Browns last Sunday in Canton, Rodgers didn’t make his club debut, but he did double as a play-caller. Given a headset, the 39-year-old Rodgers assisted Zach Wilson during a few series.
The HBO/NFL Films series was published on Monday, where Wilson praises Rodgers for his help on the sidelines. The play resulted in a 57-yard hookup between the third-year quarterback and Malik Taylor, a 27-year-old journeyman wide receiver.
“Had to give him a little shoutout there. Yeah, backed up, taking a shot down the field. Kind of pick your matchup. Those guys were kind of just playing single-safety man. I think that’s great for preseason ball, so you can see what guys can win and separate. Malik’s done a great job all of training camp, so I wanted to go to his side. I liked the matchup with the corner as well. He did a great job winning.”Zach Wilson
The 24-year-old took a snap under center, dropped back a few steps, and aired it out for a beautiful ball. Taylor played in Green Bay alongside Rodgers before following him to New York.
Wilson will look to continue to develop as a backup behind Rodgers, hoping to pick up on some of the plays that have made the Super Bowl champion such a special player.
Hard Knocks premieres on HBO and Max at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Tuesday, Aug. 8.